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W Michelle Harris

Associate Professor
School of Interactive Games and Media
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

585-475-4487
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W Michelle Harris

Associate Professor
School of Interactive Games and Media
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Education

BS, Carnegie Mellon University; MPS, New York University

585-475-4487

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IGME-102
4 Credits
This course provides students a continued introduction to problem solving, abstraction, and algorithmic thinking that is relevant across the field of new media. As the second course in programming for new media students, this course continues an object-oriented approach to programming for creative practice. Topics will include re-usability, data structures, rich media types, event-driven programming, loaders, XML, object design, and inheritance. Emphasis is placed on the development of problem-solving skills as students develop moderately complex applications.
IGME-480
3 Credits
Interactive media development is a rapidly evolving field. This course provides an opportunity for students to learn and experiment with emerging themes, practices, and technologies that are not addressed elsewhere in the curriculum. Topics covered in this course will vary based on current developments in the field. Students will explore, design, and develop creative interactive experiences pertaining to the semester's domain area. Programming projects are required.
IGME-101
4 Credits
This course provides students with an introduction to problem solving, abstraction, and algorithmic thinking that is relevant across the field of new media. Students are introduced to object-oriented design methodologies through the creation of event-driven, media-intensive applications. Students will explore the development of software through the use of a range of algorithmic concepts related to the creation of applications by writing classes that employ the fundamental structures of computing, such as conditionals, loops, variables, data types, functions, and parameters. There is an early emphasis on object oriented concepts and design.
IGME-470
3 Credits
The rich variety and widespread adoption of gestural touch screens, motion-sensing devices, weight-reactive surfaces, wearable digital devices, and similar interface products demonstrates the demand for well-integrated devices and services that seamlessly couple people and environments. Such products can interface computers with real-world inputs and outputs, and give people new ways of controlling and experiencing their devices and information. This course provides a rapid technical introduction to basic electronics (components, circuits, microcontrollers, etc.) and emphasizes the application of interface design concepts to physically interactive and innovative product development. The course requires solo and team projects that blend electronics, programming, and design.
IGME-609
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to programming for students with a background in design. Students will write programs to construct and control interactive, media-rich experiences. Students will employ fundamental concepts of object-oriented computer programming such as classes, variables, control structures, functions, and parameters in their code. Students will develop their problem solving skills and begin building a logical toolkit of algorithms and program design strategies. Students will extend existing software objects provided by the instructor, as well as create new objects of their own design. Programming projects will be required.

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Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Harris, W. Michelle. "Can't/Breathe Mirror (winner Judges' Award)." Proceedings of the New Media Consortium Summer Conference. Ed. New Media Consortium. Rochester, NY: n.p..
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Harris, BIODANCE, Sound ExChange, and W. Michelle. Anomaly. Sep. 2016. Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Tremblay-Gaudette, Josephine Anstey, Sandy Baldwin, Al Biles, W. Michelle Harris, Charlie Roberts, Rick Scott, and Gabriel. Bad Objects: A Night of New Media from RIT. 30 Nov. 2016. Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Harris, W. Michelle. Motion with Motion: Dance Performance and Video. 2013. Captivate Conference, Austin. Performance.
SoundExChange, W. Michelle Harris , BIODANCE,. Anomaly. 23 Sep. 2013. Fringe Fest at the Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester. Performance.
Harris, W. Michelle. Studying Lydia from Birth. 3 May 2013. First Friday Gallery Night at the Ithaca Generator, Ithaca. Exhibit.
Ferry, Peter. Sound ExChange : All Eyes and Ears. By Joe Geigel, et al. 28 Feb. 2013. University of Rochester, Rochester. Exhibit.
Harris, W. Michelle. Anomaly. By BIODANCE and Sound ExChange. 21-28 Sep. 2013. Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Harris, W. Michelle. Reflection and Identity. By W. Michelle Harris and Michael Roman. 26 Feb. 2012. Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY. Exhibit.
Harris, W. Michelle. No Boundaries: New Expressions In African American Art. By Hiram Cray, et al. 4 Feb. 2011. Baobab Cultural Center, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Harris, W. Michelle. "Learn Creative Coding: Begin Programming with the Processing Language." Long Beach Indie Digital Edutainment Conference. Long Beach Indie Festival. Long Beach, CA. 30 Aug. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Harris, W. Michelle, Janelle Hobson, and Janine Lewis. "Big Question Roundtable: Community Building via Technology." Long Beach Indie Digital Edutainment Conference. Long Beach Indie Festival. Long Beach, CA. 30 Aug. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Harris, W. Michelle. "Motion with Motion: Dance Performance and Video." Captivate Conference. Captivate Conference. Austin, TX. 7 Oct. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Published Review
Harris, W. Michelle. "Mary Flanagan, Critical Play: Radical Game Design." Rev. of Critical Play: Radical Game Design, by Mary Flanagan. American Journal of Play Sep. 2011: 261-263. Print.
Installation/Exhibit/Performance
Harris, W. Michelle. Her Ghosts, Mirrors and Pixels. Four Walls Gallery, Rochester, NY. 5 February-5 March 2010. Exhibition.
Handy, Andrea, W. Michelle Harris, and Xanthe Matychak. RiviƩre Memoir. World Maker Faire New York 2010. New York, NY. 25-26 September 2010. Exhibition.
Suarez, Juanita and ensemble. Be Here Now. Musselman Arts Triathlon, Smith Opera House. Geneva, NY. 16 July 2010. Exhibition.